Its at 500k+ on DS worldwide. The DS can make just about any title profitable once it clear ~150k-200k I would say, and even if this had a higher budget and advertising than most DS games it probably still ended up only needing to sell 300k or something.
I'm pretty sure when you are about to release a game that has one of the strongest names in gaming, you aren't just hoping you will be able to make it past the even point.
He never really says that he is satisfied with the sales, he dances around the question a bit. His immediate response to the question is, "The DS, typically, has longer legs in the sales cycle" - He's more pleased with the potential the game has in regards to sales, not how it has performed to this point.
"We're very pleased with how that game is continuing to sell in the market"
Why don't you bold the rest of that sentence for me. "...with how that game is continuing to sell in the market"
he never mentions the overall sales. They are pleased how it is still selling at a fairly high pace. If sales were to drop off today, do you think they would be pleased? Doubt it. They are counting on legs.
And Intro, it was stated that the staff working on the game was much larger than the PSP versions. I agree with you that if the legs continue, which is likely, it will go on to make lots of profit. At the moment though, there isn't much, especially when you consider this is GTA.
They are pleased how it is still selling at a fairly high pace = They are pleased with the sales somehow (this is called "interpretation" here, I don't know how it's called where you live).
No, it's not the same thing. There is a difference between, "We are very pleased with the sales" and "We're very pleased with how that game is continuing to sell in the market; it will be in the market for a long, long time to come."
They are pleased it is showing legs, and that is will likely continue to sell and eventually make big profit. They make the point of saying it will be selling for a looong time - why do you think that is? Because they are underwhelming at the moment, but have a high potential of reaching high sales in the future.
Listen, I am not saying the game is a flop or that they are severly disappointed with the sales, I'm just sick of people celebrating it's sales so far - they have not been very good all things considered. We know it will have legs, but please don't act like 560k sales at this point is a major success. When it reaches these 1 million and 2 million plateaus we hear so much about, brag about it then.